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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – In Friday’s second Great American Conference Volleyball Championship semifinal match from the Bank OZK Arena, Oklahoma Baptist eliminated Harding for the third-straight season with a three-set victory.

GAC Player of the Year Malia Leatherland added to her list of accomplishments as her 11 kills gave her 1,668 for her career to break the GAC’s all-time record, a standard held previously by Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Carly Zak. She added 15 digs for her second double-doubles in as many days.

The top-seeded Bison (23-3) raced out to a 14-5 start in the opening set only to see the Lady Bisons (17-9) respond by scoring 12 of the next 15 points to even the set at 17-17. Ahead 21-20, Oklahoma Baptist scored three-straight points and finished off the set, 25-21.

The opening of the second set featured four ties. Trailing 7-6, Oklahoma Baptist separated from Harding by winning 13 of the next 16 points. The Lady Bisons came back with six-straight points to cut the margin to 19-16. Oklahoma Baptist secured the set by winning the final three points.

Set three saw nine ties before either team reached 12 points. The Bison surged to a 15-11 lead after scoring five straight points. On two occasions, Harding pulled to within one point but could never draw even again as Oklahoma Baptist closed out the contest by winning eight of the final nine points.

Diana Carranza set the GAC Championship record for digs in a three-set match as she totaled 27. Kayle Buell added 36 digs. Avery Hellmuth matched Leatherland with 11 kills and Audrey Poupard registered seven blocks. Logan Smith led the Harding offense with 11 kills. She added 11 digs. Sarah Morehead finished with 24 assists and 18 digs.

The Bison advance to their third-straight final. Oklahoma Baptist joins Arkansas Tech, 2011-14, and Harding, 2011-13 and 2017-Spring 2021, as the only three programs to reach at least three straight GAC Championship finals. The Bison will face the Golden Suns at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The match streams on GACSportsNetwork.com. The Bison have eliminated the Golden Suns at each of the last two GAC Championships – in the semifinals last April and in the quarterfinals in 2019. They will attempt to become the first team to win three-straight Championship titles.



The athletics department of Carl Albert State College is excited to announce the very first Viking wrestling golf fundraiser. The golf tournament will be held Friday, October 22, 2021, at Cherokee Springs in Tahlequah. Event registration begins at 9 am, with tee off at 10 am.

The fundraiser is the first of hopefully many for the new wrestling program. Viking men’s wrestling was launched this fall as a fully-sanctioned NJCAA athletics program, with women’s wrestling following in the fall of 2022. The tournament is being spearheaded by Craig Benson of Firstar Bank, along with members of the CASC coaching and marketing staff. “We are looking forward to starting this annual event where we get to have some fun playing golf, and rub shoulders with community members and supporters of CASC Wrestling,” said wrestling coach Jake Lords. “We appreciate the support from community members, fans, and eventually, alumni. The funds raised from this golf tournament will assist in paying for all aspects of the wrestling program including travel, meals, equipment, gear, etc. We are so thankful for this community and the businesses who are part of our family already!”

The launch of Viking wrestling has been met with much optimism, support, and enthusiasm from the communities Carl Albert serves. The tournament should prove to be a successful addition to a host of activities centered around Viking wrestling. “This event will be a great start to the upcoming season for Carl Albert State College’s inaugural Wrestling season,” said Craig Benson. “We are very fortunate to have several generous boosters who are willing to invest in the future of Viking


Those who participate in the tournament have the chance to secure $800 for first place, $500 for second place, or $250 for third place. A custom putter and a custom driver will be the prizes for “closest to pin” and “longest drive”, respectfully. Additionally, sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $200 to $2000.

Complete details and registration information can be found by visiting the Carl Albert website at www.carlalbert.edu.



RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s third GAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week awards of the 2021 season. Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Tiarra Campbell won Offensive Player; Ouachita’s Josilyn Kispert claimed Defender and East Central’s McKenna Leveling garnered Goalkeeper of the Week.

GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Tiarra Campbell, Northwestern Oklahoma State, F, Fr., Apple Valley, California

Campbell tallied four goals in the Rangers’ 5-1 win at Oklahoma Panhandle State. She recorded the first four-goal game in the conference since Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Alimata Rabo netted four against Southern Nazarene on October 27, 2018. She scored in the 11th minute of their 2-1 victory against Oklahoma Christian.

GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Josilyn Kispert, Ouachita, Jr., McKinney, Texas

Kispert led the Tigers in their 3-0 home victory against UT Tyler, the Patriots’ first loss of the season. She scored the winning goal with a 51st minute tally. The Tigers extended their win streak to three, all three via shutout. They have not allowed a goal in more than 280 minutes.

GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – McKenna Leveling, East Central, Fr., Fort Worth, Texas

Leveling set the Tiger and the GAC record for saves in a single match when she tallied 20 in East Central’s double-overtime contest against Midwestern State. She made nine saves in the first half, seven in the second half and four across the two overtimes. The 20 saves represented the most in a Division II game since November 2019.


Alejandre Andrade, F (Southern Nazarene), Kaylee Swaner, M (Oklahoma Baptist)

Kaitlyn Morphy, D (Northwestern Oklahoma State)

Michele Snow, GK (Ouachita)



RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s second GAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week awards of the 2021 season. Oklahoma Baptist’s Hannah White claimed Offensive Player of the Week; Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Caitlyn Bidart earned Defender of the Week and Ouachita’s Michele Snow captured Goalkeeper of the Week.


GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hannah White, Oklahoma Baptist, M, Sr., Norman, Oklahoma

White netted three second-half goals, her first three of the season, in the Bison’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory against Central Oklahoma, the No. 6 team in United Soccer Coaches Central Region rankings. She tied the match at 2-2 and put the team in ahead, 3-2 and 4-3. The game-winning goal came in the 81st minute on a header for the first hat trick of her career.


GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Caitlyn Bidart, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Sr., Gardnerville, Nevada

Bidart led a Northwestern defense that surrendered just a combined 12 shots, seven on target, in their road wins against Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State. The Rangers shut out the Lopers, 1-0, and defeated the Wildcats, 4-1. The Rangers’ 3-1 start represents their best four-game start since joining the GAC in 2012.

GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – Michele Snow, Ouachita, Jr., North Richland Hills, Texas

Snow recorded consecutive shutouts in home victories against Union and Christian Brothers. After collecting a save in a 2-0 win against Union, she totaled eight in a 1-0 win against the Lady Bucs. She had recorded three shutouts through the Tigers’ opening four games and she lowered her goals-against average to 0.71.



Tiarra Campbell, F (Northwestern Oklahoma State), Jaymee Dotson, M (Ouachita), Emma Roberts, F (Harding)

Grace Ann Green, M (Harding), Abbey Inman, D (Ouachita)

Reagan Allen, GK (Northwestern Oklahoma State)







NORMAN – This Saturday’s Oklahoma-Tulane football game has been moved from New Orleans to Norman. Kickoff remains at 11 a.m., and the game will be televised on ABC as previously announced.

The change in location was made after Hurricane Ida moved across New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on Sunday. Conditions in New Orleans are not favorable to host a game this week. Even with the change in venue, Tulane will be the designated home team for this game and will retain all net proceeds from ticket sales. All tickets for this game will be sold separately and are not part of season ticket packages. Ticket procedures are included later in this release.

Tickets purchased through Tulane for the game in New Orleans may not be used for the game in Norman. Those patrons will need to resolve through the Tulane ticket office at the appropriate time.

In addition to moving this game, the two schools have agreed to work together on identifying a date in a future season for a game in New Orleans.

“In this extraordinarily difficult moment for the people of Louisiana, we want to do our small part by assisting Tulane with the game this weekend,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “While we regret that it’s necessary for us to host it, we will welcome the Tulane family this Saturday with open arms and heavy hearts. We hope this act is one small way that we can help alleviate some of the stress the university is currently enduring.

“Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all those impacted and those helping with the relief and recovery in the coming weeks and months.”

OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione has worked closely with Tulane officials in changing the arrangements for the game.

“This is obviously a heart-wrenching time,” said Castiglione. “We have been reminded again of the life events that take precedence over everything else we do. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tulane President Michael Fitts, Athletics Director Troy Dannen, the Tulane community and everyone impacted by this storm.

“I know that many of our fans were looking forward to visiting one of our favorite cities, New Orleans. But now, we have an opportunity to do what we do best, and that is extend our hospitality to people who are facing a significant challenge. All of us will do our part to make the Tulane team and fans feel welcome and appreciated as we host their home game.”

Due to the short notice and holiday weekend, several of OU’s contracted game services providers will be unable to assemble a full staff for this game. For that reason, only the lower bowl (including club levels, loge boxes and suites) of Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be used for fan seating.

Apart from those seats allocated for Tulane, OU season ticket holders will have first opportunity to purchase tickets and will be contacted Monday evening via email. Those with lower bowl, club level, loge box and suite season ticket locations may purchase their existing seats for this game. Those with seats located elsewhere in the stadium will also have an opportunity to purchase tickets and will be accommodated in various locations throughout the lower bowl. The deadline for season ticket holders to purchase tickets will be 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The price of the lower-level tickets for season ticket holders will be $30, and $50 for suites and clubs to include hospitality. OU students will have an opportunity to purchase tickets priced at $20 beginning Tuesday. If tickets remain after season ticket and student requests are accommodated, a public sale will be held on Friday and those tickets will be available at $50 each.

“I wish that we could accommodate a full stadium for this game, but these are challenging circumstances with very little notice,” Castiglione said. “We rely on hundreds of trained professionals from several agencies to work with us on game day and have learned that it is not possible to be fully staffed for this event. We have thoroughly assessed the many aspects of hosting a game and there is no question that this is the right course of action.”

Fans are reminded that they will need to download the Oklahoma Sooners app to access game tickets. It is highly recommended that the tickets be downloaded to a wallet app before arriving at the stadium.

Additional game details and OU’s game day protocols will be released this week on SoonerSports.com and the OU Athletics social media platforms.

Recovery efforts are now underway along the Gulf Coast. OU officials urge those wishing to support relief efforts to give generously to agencies of their choice. Another giving opportunity will be announced later this week.


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – On Tuesday, the Great American Conference announced the results of its 2021-22 GAC women’s golf preseason coaches’ poll. Henderson State and Arkansas Tech tied in the voting while the Reddies claimed five first-place votes to four allotted to the Golden Suns.

The Reddies ended the Golden Suns’ five-year reign as GAC champions when they captured the title after a team playoff. Allie Bianchi clinched the win for the Reddies with a par on the second playoff hole. They return all five golfers from their GAC Championship lineup in BianchI; Gracen Blount, a First-Team All-GAC selection; Karen Lee, an All-Tournament honoree; Hannah Choi, an All-GAC Second Team performer and Daphney Tilton, who made the Honorable Mention team.

Arkansas Tech won the Central Regional for the second time in program history and qualified for match play at the National Championships for the first time. Katie Whitfield won the medalist honor at the GAC Championships and took third at the Central Regional. Jacqueline Klemm unanimously garnered the league’s Player of the Year award and made the WGCA All-America Team. Josie Roberson, who placed second at the GAC Championships and Bhenyapa Buranasiri, who finished eighth, joined Whitfield and Klemm as key returners.

Southwestern Oklahoma State placed third in the voting. The Bulldogs’ Megan Brown claimed the GAC Freshman of the Year award. She finished third at the GAC Championships. Mikaela Rindermann led SWOSU at the Central Regional with a ninth-place showing. Like Henderson State, SWOSU returns all five from its GAC Championship lineup in Brown, Rindermann, Rebecca Lau, Georgia Miller and Zoe Morton.

Harding finished fourth, followed by Oklahoma Baptist. The Lady Bisons edged out the Bulldogs for third place at the GAC Championships. They earned a spot at the Central Regional for the first time since 2013. Brenda Sanchez, who took seventh at the GAC Championships, made the Honorable Mention All-GAC team. Oklahoma Baptist’s Hayden Meiser also claimed a spot on the Honorable Mention All-GAC team.

Arkansas-Monticello took sixth, one point ahead of both Southern Arkansas and Southern Nazarene. Northwestern Oklahoma State rounded out the poll.

Seven schools – Arkansas Tech, Harding, Henderson State, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Baptist, Southern Nazarene and Southwestern Oklahoma State - open at the Central Region Preview on September 7.

The 2022 GAC Championships take place from Sunday, April 10th through Tuesday, April 12th. Hot Springs Country Club will host the event for the 10th time.

Friday, 09 July 2021 22:47

Miles for Missions 5K Color Run/Walk

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It's official! The Covenant Church in Poteau is Hosting "Miles for Missions: 5k Color Run/Walk!"
AUGUST 14TH @ Frisco Trail!
The proceeds will be split to help four their  ministries (Covenant Kidz, Elevate Youth, Covenant Outdoors, Soul Sisters) meet their missions pledge for the year! Covenant works diligently to be an extended hand - reaching outside of the four walls and devoting funding to needs all over the world!
Donation Opportunity:
To make Miles for Missions a success, we are needing sponsorships to help us cover the cost of this event, which includes (but is not limited to): T-shirts, water stations, post-race drinks/food, giveaways, and any other items needed.
Any additional funds raised will be divided between the above-mentioned ministries and will go straight into the hands of the missionaries they support. We are asking at this time if you or your company would prayerfully consider donating to help make Miles for Missions possible! Businesses or individuals donating $50 or more will have their names listed on the back of the race shirt!
All donations (of any amount) and all prayers will be greatly appreciated by our Covenant Church family.
If you would like to lace up those shoes and hit the trail - refer to the links below (either will take you to the registration page):

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kevin Kopps is beyond legendary.


The Arkansas star pitcher won the 2021 Dick Howser Trophy on Friday, becoming the first reliever to win the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's player of the year award. The NCBWA also presented Kopps with its 16th Stopper of the Year Award as college baseball’s top relief pitcher.


Kopps was one of five finalists, including Vanderbilt pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter, Texas Tech second baseman Jace Jung and Florida State catcher Matheu Nelson, for the 34th Dick Howser Trophy, which is known as the Heisman Trophy of college baseball.


"Kevin Kopps had a simply amazing season," David Feaster, chair of the Dick Howser Trophy Committee presented by The Game Headwear, said. "To accomplish what he did as a pitcher after the COVID-19 pandemic and Tommy John surgery is extremely admirable. He literally placed the Arkansas team on his back and made the Razorbacks the No. 1 squad nationally for most of the 2021 season."


As college baseball’s most dominant pitcher, Kopps finished the 2021 campaign with a 12-1 record and 11 saves. He posted the nation’s lowest ERA (0.90) and WHIP (0.76), striking out 131 in 89 2/3 innings of work. Opposing hitters had a .162 average against the right-hander, who set the program’s single-season record for ERA during his historic year.


Kopps, who was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award — another one of college baseball’s most prestigious individual awards. He was voted the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association District 7 Player of the Year and was the first reliever to win the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year Award.


The Dick Howser Trophy honors the most outstanding collegiate player each year, but it also is based upon the tenets of leadership, moral character and courage. Kopps is the second Razorback student-athlete to win the award, joining former Razorback and current Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi.


Benintendi swept college baseball's national player of the year honors in 2015, winning the Howser Trophy as well as the Golden Spikes Award.

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The Shady Point School archery team finished 3rd among 33 middle school teams competing at the NASP World Bullseye Championship held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, June 10-12.

The team posted a school record score of 3,273.

Warrior Sadie Deiter finished in the Top Ten, 8th out of 320 middle school girls.

The Warriors also participated in the 3D Championship.

This was the first year the program has ever competed in this event.

They qualified for the 3D Championship in their first attempt and finished 9th in South Carolina out of 23 middle school teams.

shady p arch

Five 5th graders travelled to the NASP Open, held the first day of the tournament, and competed individually in the elementary division.

77 bullseye teams and 63 3D teams from 33 states competed in the championships.

While a few other schools from Oklahoma sent individual archers, Shady Point was the only team representing our state.

“This team has worked hard all season. Their commitment is unmatched. We are very proud of these kids. This trip would not have been possible without the support of parents, the school, and the community. Thank you all for making this trip a reality,” said Hank Austin, coach.

Third Annual LeFlore County Historical Society was a huge success thanks to the many local businesses and individuals who supported the event.

“We had to postpone the original golf tournament date, due to rain, but on Friday June 4, the weather cooperated, and we were able to have the tournament,” said David Deaton, Director of the LeFlore County Historical Society. “We had 11 golf team sign up and 50-hole sponsors.”

First Place went to the Bridgman Furniture team.
Second Place – Arvest Bank Team
Sixth Place – Knight and Stockton Law


Arvest Team


Knight and Stockton Law Team 

Thank You Prize Sponsors:

Warehouse Willy’s- $50.00 gift card
Chili’s- 5-$5 coupons
Fancy Plants Flowers and Gifts-Bud vase
Pizza Hut-Large 2-topping pizza
Weaver’s Meat Market-10 lb. of Hamburger
Northside Liquor – 2 bottles of wine
Pirate Nutrition- $40 card
Coffee Cup- $20 gift card
Personali-Tees- Tee shirt, face-mask, key chain
Golfnut of Fort Smith- box of Taylor made balls
Walmart- $25 gift card
Deep Roots Nursery-Fish Planter & tee shirt
Kim’s Flowers-3 prizes
Donna Bush- wreath
Mark-it-Place- Beer Koozie
K Bush Day Spa- ½ Massage
BeautyLicious- 2 haircuts, Tee shirt
Ollies Lumber/Ace Hardware- gift card
Roma’s- $50.00 gift certificate
Purple Plume -Purse
Jazzy Jewels- $25.00 gift card
Bud’s Country Junction- 2 meals
Bridgman’s Furniture
Wolf Ridge Golf Course—18 hole round of golf + cart for two.
Hard Scrabble Golf Course: A round of golf for 4 plus cart
LCHS Board Members

Ford Investments,
Ron’s Lumber and Home center
Central National Bank
Knight & Stockton Law Firm
P & K Equipment
Arvest Bank
McBee Law Firm

Lunch was sponsored by The Community State Bank
Sleeve of Golf Balls Sponsored by Ted and Sharon Knight
Country Club Fee sponsored by Bob Lowrey
Hole in One Sponsored by Shore Insurance Hole #13

Thank You Hole Sponsors:

Poteau Tag Agency

Shanahan Finance

Patty & Keith Wright

Knight & Stockton
Adams Abstract Co. Inc

Bridgman Furniture
Bob Lowrey

Arklahoma Family Insurance Agency, LLC.

Reece's Cabinets, LLC

John Hamilton—State Farm Home & Auto

Sanders & Sullivan

D & D Pharmacy
Belle Point Beverages

Don Baetz
Shockley's Auto Sales

Central National Bank
First National Bank of McAlester

Watson Motors

Mitchell Rentals
Ford Investments

Northside Liquor
First National Bank

Matt Wright
Poteau Eye Clinic

Hammond Family Dental
Ron’s Lumber & Home Center

Domino’s Pizza
Marilyn’s Bail Bonds

McBee Law Firm
Jeff Smith, District Attorney

Blackfork Properties
Barber & Barber

Peck, CPA
Asset and Investment Advisors

Wells & Wann CPA
Ollies Lumber

Ace Hardware

JOB Construction, Inc.
Mindful Well Being Counseling

Arvest Bank
Harp’s Food Stores

P & K Equipment
Grey Brothers

Amy Hall Century 21

Tony’s Plumbing

Ellis Plumbing
Riverside Autoplex

McConnel’s Flooring
Evans-Miller Funeral Home

Red’s Premier Outdoor Equipment

Green Country Refrigeration

Spunky Skunk

Because of these great businesses and individuals the LCHS will be able to continue the tradition of preserving the History of LeFlore County and move forward into the 2022.

Thank you golf committee— Sharon Knight, Randy Bridgman, Brittany Crase, Judy Ervin, Bonnie Prigmore and Bob Lowrey.

You have all done a tremendous job!

The LeFlore County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey
303 Dewey Street PO Box 457
Poteau, OK 74953
FaceBook LCHS Lowrey www.leflorecountymuseum.org

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